Gamers prove their brav­ery in real life

Central Leader - - NEWS - By CIARA PRATT

Five League of Le­gends gamers from West Auck­land feel like le­gends them­selves af­ter be­ing pre­sented with po­lice brav­ery awards.

Bar­rie Olsen, Jason Sloane, Kon­rad Berk­ing, Maina Pa­palii and Rob Lew were hon­oured at Waitakere Po­lice Sta­tion for their role in ap­pre­hend­ing an of­fender dur­ing an at­tempted car­jack­ing in April in New Lynn.

‘‘Last time I was here I was down­stairs so it’s nice to be up­stairs and here for some­thing good,’’ Lew said while re­ceiv­ing the Area Com­man­der’s Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion in front of his friends and fam­ily.

The group were

in the mid­dle of the pop­u­lar online game League of Le­gends at E-Loong In­ter­net Cafe at about 9.30pm on April 22 when they heard a woman scream­ing and a car en­gine revving.

Olsen says he ran out and wit­nessed a young woman be­ing as­saulted.

Olsen, who works at the cafe, im­me­di­ately ran with his friends to help.

While some of the group stayed with the woman to make sure she was OK, Olsen chased the of­fender and, with the help of oth­ers, man­aged to sur­round him and stop him as he tried to es­cape.

The group held him down un­til po­lice ar­rived.

The woman suf­fered bruis­ing from the at­tack.

Kon­rad Berk­ing was amazed to re­ceive the award. He plans to send it to his fam­ily in Aus­tralia.

‘‘We are hum­bled that the po­lice would do this,’’ Lew added. ‘‘ We were just act­ing how peo­ple nor­mally would.’’

Waitakere Po­lice Area Com­man­der In­spec­tor Scott Webb says the men ‘‘did ev­ery­thing right’’.

‘‘They made the ef­fort to come out­side, they kept cool heads with some stay­ing with the vic­tim and some on the phone to po­lice.’’

The men were hon­oured in a cer­e­mony along­side longserv­ing po­lice staff and vol­un­teers.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with as­sault with in­tent to rob in re­la­tion to the at­tack.


A group of League of Le­gends gamers have be­come le­gends in their own right af­ter they stepped in to help a young woman. From left, Jason Sloane, Rob Lew, Maina Pa­palii, Kon­rad Berk­ing and Bar­rie Olsen.

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